State Approves $2.5M to Keep Fighting Yucca Mountain Dump (July 2016)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state board has approved $2.5 million more to fight efforts to develop the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

The Nevada Board of Examiners that includes Gov. Brian Sandoval authorized the spending on Tuesday. It’s an expansion of an ongoing, four-year contract with a Texas-based law firm that represents the state before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The original contract was for $5 million, and the vote expands the budget to $7.5 million.

Nevada formally opposes the project, which is slated for 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Sen. Harry Reid calls the project dead, and Sen. Dean Heller says federal officials should only place dumps in states that want them.

Reps Joe Heck, Cresent Hardy and Mark Amodei have said they’re open to discussions on the project.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.July 13, 2016 11:51 AM. As posted at http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2016/07/13/state-approves-2-5m-to-keep-fighting-yucca-mountain-dump/

‘Underground Chernobyl’: French parliament OKs nuclear waste facility despite protests (July 2016)

A controversial project of an underground facility storing the most hazardous nuclear waste in France has been recently approved by the parliament. Opponents of the law have already called the project an “underground Chernobyl.”

On Monday, the National Assembly adopted the project of a nuclear waste landfill site, named Cigeo (Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal) in the town of Bure, eastern France.

The site will be a part of Meuse/Haute Marne Underground Research Laboratory run by the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (Andra). The laboratory conducts studies of the geological formation in order to evaluate its capacity for deep geological repository of radioactive waste.

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Published time: 13 Jul, 2016 10:18, As posted at https://www.rt.com/news/350881-nuclear-waste-hazardous-france/

Nevada stakeholders voice input on Yucca Mountain nuclear disposal site (July 2016)

In a hearing held last week on “Federal, State and Local Agreements and Economic Benefits for Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal,” the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment and the Economy Subcommittee heard statements from Nevada stakeholders concerning a repository for spent nuclear fuel at the Yucca Mountain site.

“Nevadans deserve to have honest brokers in their federal government, and they deserve to hear the unbiased, scientific results that all of their hard-earned dollars funded,” U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) said.

Testimonies at the hearing discussed the impact of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the adequacy of funding provided to the state of Nevada and future infrastructure needs connected to the disposal facility.

“No one in Nevada is in favor of a nuclear landfill – neither am I, but, the issue is not going to go away,” U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) said. “If we decide to deal with this, I appreciate the opportunity to have a discussion that says – what are the real impacts, what should our policy be, and in that context, what is the story for Nevada? I’ve got some things for you to think about as policymakers to evaluate a responsible course of conduct with respect to local and state economic impacts, operating oversight, safety policy in the near and long-term, and our policy as a nation regarding the material itself – let’s start there.”

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Published on July 12, 2016 by Alyssa Michaud, Daily Insider, at https://dailyenergyinsider.com/industry/1124-nevada-stakeholders-voice-input-yucca-mountain-nuclear-disposal-site/

Idaho and the Search for a Nuclear Waste Site (July 2016)

On July 14 the Department of Energy is coming to Idaho to ask what we think of consent-based siting process for commercial spent nuclear fuel. By looking at a couple of quick facts it is easy show why Idahoans should reject storing of nuclear waste.

There are roughly 75,000 metric tons of commercial spent nuclear fuel in the U.S., with about 2,000 metric tons being added per year. Nothing has been said on how much storage would be needed or how much would be stored at any location. Right now no predictions of storage time can be given. The reason is that highly radioactive nuclear waste is slated to be placed in deep geological repository. No place on earth exists. DOE is asking communities to store an unspecified amount of waste for an unspecified amount of time. This nuclear waste would be stored out at the INL — right above the Snake River aquifer, the drinking water for 300,000 people. The moving of waste for storage to just be moved again for permanent disposal just increases the potential of nuclear waste exposure.

Idahoans are proud of our state’s beauty and environment. We don’t want to jeopardize that by storing nuclear waste in Idaho.

Jerry Riener, Pocatello

July 8, 2016, as posted at http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article88637477.html#storylink=
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Construction begins on nuclear waste storage site in Port Hope (July 2016)

Designed to house low-level radioactive material from the dawn of the nuclear age, site will encase waste in engineered above ground mound

PORT HOPE, Ont.—Construction crews have broken ground on a new storage site for low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope, Ont.

Part of the 10-year, $1.28 billion Port Hope Area Initiative, the storage facility will house as much as two million cubic metres of historic waste currently held at various sites in the Lake Ontario city east of Toronto.

The construction project includes the building of an aboveground mound where Canadian Nuclear Laboratories—the company leading the project—says the waste will be safely contained and monitored over the long term. The engineered mound is designed to isolate the radioactive material by encasing it entirely in multiple layers of natural and specially-manufactured materials, including geosynthetic clay, sand and ordinary soil.

Along with a sister site to be built in Port Granby, Ont., the nuclear waste in Port Hope originates from the dawn of the nuclear age. Now-defunct Eldorado Nuclear Ltd., a mining company turned crown corporation, produced the contaminants while refining radium and uranium during the 1940s and ’50s.

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

Note this is from an industry source. As posted July 8, 2016 at http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/operations/construction-begins-on-nuclear-waste-storage-site-in-port-hope-ont-171551/

“Giant vault for Sellafield’s nuclear waste” (July 2016)

BACK in January 1989 the Evening Mail got a first look at the new £8.6m store at Drigg for low-level radioactive waste generated by British Nuclear Fuels – much of it from nearby Sellafield.

The site was screened by thousands of conifer trees and it took 70 contractors to gouge out an eighth huge hole – Vault Eight – to take an expected five-years’ worth of waste.

Contaminated paper, plastic and metal was put in drums ready to go in 20-tonne steel containers before burial, 20 miles north of Millom.

A report in the Mail on January 26 in 1989 noted: “More than 250,000 cubic metres of earth had to be torn from the ground by huge excavators to create a hole 800ft by 550ft and 16ft deep.

“The result is a roofless building resembling a huge unfilled swimming pool the size of eight soccer pitches.

“A single fork lift truck with tyres six feet high lifts the massive steel containers into place.”

The 250-acre Drigg site was opened in 1939 as a Royal Ordnance factory, making and storing high explosives.

In 1959 the nuclear industry took over and found Drigg’s geology suitable for burying waste in deep trenches hundreds of feet long.

Published: 8 July 2016 3:00PM as posted at http://www.nwemail.co.uk/Giant-vault-for-Sellafields-nuclear-waste-6bdc62b1-31d2-422f-a98d-e5c511a5fc99-ds